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Families Come Together in Annapolis to Advocate for Behavioral Health Services

Beth Hess - Monday, February 26, 2018
On February 22, 200 family members, providers, policy makers and legislators gathered at the Governor Calvert House for MCF's 18th Annual Family Day in Annapolis. Attendees traveled from all 23 of Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City to advocate for young people with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use challenges. During the morning pr ..

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Self-Care for Seasonal Changes

Beth Hess - Friday, February 23, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC Last month, we presented options and opportunities to survive the winter doldrums (/blog/getting-on-the-other-side-of-the-winter-doldrums). This month, we take a look at a more serious and lingering emotional and behavioral response to seasonal changes, Seasonal Affective Disorder. As described on the National Institu ..

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Peer Support Now Available to Loved Ones of Those with Gambling Problems

Beth Hess - Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Peer support and services navigation is now available through MCF to spouses, siblings, parents and other loved ones of those who are experiencing problems related to their gambling activity. Loved ones in every Maryland county and Baltimore City can receive one-to-one support and assistance from an MCF Family Peer Support Specialist who has personal experience as the loved ..

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Eating Disorders: What Families Should Know

Beth Hess - Friday, February 16, 2018
Eating disorders can affect people of every age, gender, race and socioeconomic group, yet the average age of onset is quite young: 12-13 years. For this reason, it is important for families to be knowledgeable about the disorders. Eating disorders are more prevalent among females than males – 3.8 percent of women are affected versus 1.5 percent of men. National surveys e ..

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Making High School Transition Plans for Students with Mental Health Disabilities

Beth Hess - Monday, February 12, 2018
There are a host of things that families of youth with mental health disabilities (those who qualify for special education services or accommodations) need to think about as they prepare for their child’s transition from the world of high school to the world of continuing education and/or employment. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) published a transition guide ..

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